Chris Mantle - Senior Food and Health Development Officer

Chris has worked with Edinburgh Community Food since 2011.  He supervises our dynamic Development team and currently works in the South East of Edinburgh as part of Out & About (run in partnership with Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust). This project seeks to reduce social isolation and promote healthier lifestyles through outdoor activities, exercise groups, cooking and nutrition training. 

Chris also manages the administration and delivery of our Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland courses:

In his spare time Chris is a musician, reads a lot and loves going camping on the west coast.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Jo Howie - Food and Health Development Officer

Jo is a Registered Associate Nutritionist and has worked at Edinburgh Community Food since February 2018.  Jo currently manages the Family Smiles project funded by the Scottish Government's Oral Health Challenge Fund. Family Smiles provides a healthy lifestyles programme of cooking and nutrition sessions with families to be delivered in Early Years Centres, HMP Edinburgh Visitor Centre and our own early years groups across Edinburgh. Parents will gain confidence in cooking healthy meals from scratch and understand how to achieve a healthy balanced diet with a focus on improving oral health.

Jo is also an experienced deliverer of the REHIS Elementary Food and Health and Eating Well for Older People course and has recently passed her Diploma in Advanced Food Hygiene and will be delivering REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene courses throughout the year.  Jo also oversees the Edinburgh Community Cafe Network.

In her spare time, Jo loves going to the gym and watching her 2 sons play football for Leith Athletic.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Jess Pearson - Food and Health Development Officer

Jess studied Nutrition at Kingston University in Surrey to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist and specialises in breastfeeding and early years nutrition.  She joined Edinburgh Community Food in October 2017 and is the resident Nutritionist for The Willow Project where she provides nutritional support for women who have been involved in the criminal justice system.  Jess also delivers the REHIS Elementary Food and Health course and runs a cooking group for young parents in the South of Edinburgh as part of the Out & About project.

When Jess isn't at work, you will most likely find her pushing her daughter in a swing at the park, doing arts and crafts or attempting to drink a hot cup of tea.

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Theodora Hidalgo - Food and Health Development Officer

Theodora joined Edinburgh Community Food in October 2020 as one of the teams Food and Health Development Officers, delivering cooking groups and food health sessions on-line, seeking to reduce social isolation and promote healthier lifestyles.  She has recently passed her Diploma in Advanced Food Hygiene and will be delivering REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene courses throughout the year.

In her spare time she is an avid musician, and loves long country walks. She is also a foster carer and full-time cat lady!

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 0131 467 7326

Louise Cairns - Food and Health Development Officer

Louise is an Associate Registered Nutritionist and joined Edinburgh Community Food in October 2020. She is currently working on the delivery of cooking courses and nutrition sessions for the Link up Leith project and Family Smiles oral health project and also works with The Wester Haven service provided by The Health Agency in Wester Hailes. Louise also delivers the REHIS Food & Health and Eating Well for Older People courses.

In her spare time Louise enjoys cooking and country walks and cycles.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0131 467 7326